AURORA, Ill. – For only the second time in program history, Marian University ACHA hockey (4-2-0, 4-2-0 NCHL) was swept on the road falling to Aurora 2-1 and 2-0.
The road trip for Marian University did not seem to affect them as they struck first on Aurora’s home ice. Scoring the opening goal of the game for Marian was Austin Flores, assisted by Tanner Duffney and Colin Wilson, at 6:34. A holding penalty on Michael Bostwick of Marian with 5:27 remaining in the period gave Aurora their second power play of the night. Aurora used only 25 seconds of the two minute man advantage in evening the score when Greg Sauers, from Trevor Hoth, put one home. Period one came to a close with the game tied at one.
Period two saw no scoring, though each team had power play opportunities. Marian was held out of the net on each of their two power plays and Aurora was denied on its only opportunity.
The game remained tied at one until the 14:14 mark of the third when Aurora once again capitalized on a Marian penalty. Scoring Aurora’s second goal of the night, and game winner, was Hoth. He was assisted by Christopher Laporte and Matt Chamberlain.
Earning the win for Aurora was Bradley Neal, stopping 32 of 33 shots faced. In net for Marian in defeat was Fredrik Radbjer, turning away 26 of 28 shots on net.
It would take over a period and a half before the first goal was scored in game two. Scoring the unassisted goal for Aurora, and breaking the scoreless tie, was Patrick Sofer at 13:04. No one else found the back of the net during the remainder of the second period, so Aurora led 1-0 after two periods of play.
Vinny Palermo, off assists from Sam Weiss and Greg Sauers, made the score 2-0 in favor of Aurora 4:41 into the third period. Marian was not able to answer either Aurora goal and the game came to a close with Aurora preserving the shutout and winning another close contest 2-0.
Stopping all 38 shots put on net by Marian in the shutout victory was Bradley Neal. Justin Davidson of Marian was a busy netminder in defeat, turning away 44 of the 46 shots he faced.
Marian returns to Blue Line to take on Lindenwood (Mo.) in non-conference for a two-game set. The opener is set for Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. with the finale the following day, Saturday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m.